Open to: Grades 7 - 12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Chinese Language, Intermediate, Part II or placement test
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit: One-half academic year
Course Code: CH23
This course is a continuation of Chinese Language, Intermediate, Part II, and is ideal for study abroad preparation as well as SAT II Subject Test in Chinese and Chinese AP test preparation. Chinese characters are used in conjunction with Pinyin only in vocabulary lists throughout the book. Students focus on character writing and translations and are required to write exclusively in Chinese characters. The main focus is on reading and writing Chinese characters, composing short answers and paragraphs, and translating sentences and short paragraphs. Each lesson includes a dialogue with colloquial expressions, new vocabulary list and sentences, clear and detailed explanation of grammatical sentence structures, ample exercises, and cultural materials.
Lesson topics include:
Online courses are held twice per week. Students interact with the instructors and other students using Internet-based software. Course materials include a textbook and a workbook purchased separately by the student.
Interactive virtual online sessions are held in the evenings (both EST and PST). A school's need to hold daytime sessions for its students will be honored whenever possible.
Separate conversation sessions between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually.
A textbook and a workbook must be purchased for this course:
Chinese Odyssey, Vols. 3 & 4 Textbook (Simplified) Innovative Chinese Courseware by Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng
Chinese Odyssey, Vols. 3 & 4, Workbook (Simplified) by Xueying Wang, Li-chuang Chi, Liping Feng
Students will also need a headset with microphone.
Lesson 1 – Opening a Bank Account
Lesson 2 – Taking the Train
Lesson 3 – A Taste of China
Lesson 4 – Staying in a Hotel
Lesson 5 – Keep it
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.
"My son is really enjoying the course. He's been trying to teach his sister, my wife, and me Chinese words and phrases. Yesterday, he was telling all of us how to have entire conversations. I'm impressed by how much he's learned over a short period of time and plan for him to continue studying Chinese through Johns Hopkins. He also likes the interaction with the instructor and the other students over the computer."
"At breakfast this morning, my daughter was using Chinese to tell me about banks and banking, this week's lesson. She got very excited at the realization that she was for the first time thinking in Chinese, not English. It was just for an instant, but nevertheless a happy development. Thank you for helping my child learn so much."
“I enjoy the course very much. The individual attention during class makes it a very enjoyable hour, and the friendliness and relaxed atmosphere make class something to look forward to each week. I can’t wait to continue with the next level!”